Still deep in the tunnel; our Covid strategy must stay

Michael Cruz

With Covid vaccines now being administered on Guam, we can finally

we can finally see that speck of light at the end of the tunnel. But make no mistake, we are still deep in the tunnel. Lives will still be lost before we are able to walk through the exit and breathe air without fearing that it might be laced with coronavirus.

The COVID death toll for the United States has now surpassed the 300,000 mark. According to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the death toll is projected to surpass 500,000 by the first of April. With the rapid rollout of vaccines, the projection only drops to 483,000 deaths. This means our country will still see over 180,000 additional deaths from the first week of vaccinations through the end of winter. And if we let our guard down and start easing mitigations too rapidly, we can expect to see over 600,000 deaths.

Felix Cabrera

What this tells us is that vaccines are a long-term prevention strategy. However, our right-now prevention strategy must not change. This is so critical it is worth listing them all:

· The 4Ws, which are:

o Wear your masks

o Watch your distance

o Wash your hands

o Willpower to do it all 100 percent of the time when around anyone you do not live with.

· Robust Testing, including serial testing for groups at highest risk of spreading the virus and/or